In case you missed them, here’s a roundup of a few more interesting articles on the race and religion angle of the Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright controversy:
- Christianity Today‘s “Black Power from the Pulpit” is a great interview with Thabiti Anyabwile, author of The Decline of African American Theology.
- Newsweek.com has posted “Prophets and Politicians,” an equally fascinating interview with historian Edward J. Blum, author of W.E.B. DuBois, American Prophet.
- Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne opines on “Another Angry Black Preacher,” wherein he reflects on the irony that many whites have contrasted Wright’s rage and “anti-Americanism” with the gentle and magnanimous spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., suggesting that Obama should’ve found himself a pastor more like King. Of course, as Dionne points out, this kind of thinking is slightly misinformed about what King did during his lifetime.
- Also in the Post, columnist Colbert I. King explains “Why Obama Stands With His Church” and exposes some unfortunate attitudes from the political right.
- TheRoot.com ran a thought-provoking analysis of Obama’s speech titled “Was It Too Little, Too Late?” by University of Chicago professor Michael C. Dawson.
- And for a totally different take on the speech, check out Michael Myers’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, “Obama Blew It.”
- Finally, NPR interviewed Rev. Otis Moss III, Jeremiah Wright’s successor at Trinity United Church of Christ.